To bolster blood banks, conventional banks in Ardmore are pitching in.
First National Bank & Trust and Bancfirst in Ardmore are hosting blood drives on November 26. First National Bank’s will last from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Bancfirst’s will last from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Oklahoma Blood Institute Field Recruiter Brandi Jones said events like this generally bring in between 12 and 15 units of blood.
“Bancfirst and First National Bank are our regular accounts, we do this every few months and they’re great supporters of our blood needs,” Jones said.
Donors can receive a special long-sleeved shirt to mark the occasion. Anyone who doesn’t want the shirt can instead choose to have OBI donate the cost of the shirt to the Global Fund, which helps purchase medical supplies for people in need overseas.
“The majority of employees donate, but they bring in the public as well,” Jones said. “They really help us achieve that goal.”
“This is one of our businesses that we can always count on,” Jones said.
Jones said the banks will be promoting the drive and signing people up to donate throughout the week, but walk-ins are also welcome.
“Right now we’re in a great need of O Negative,” Jones said. “Around the holidays is when we need it the most.”
Jones said with the holiday comes holiday travel, and the greater number of people on the road can lead to a spike in collisions.
“We go through 1,200 pints a day, and every two seconds there’s one pint needed in Oklahoma,” Jones said. “It’s an ongoing process to try to get that 1,200.”
Jones said the need for donors is yearlong and not specific to the holidays.
“This is a constant thing,” Jones said. “Those numbers go up during the holiday, so that’s why we need O Negative blood, but that’s typically the one we run short on.”